Book Lines in Common Usage

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An article in The Guardian about the 150th birthday of Alice in Wonderland (http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/apr/04/off-with-their-heads-the-10-greatest-quotes-from-alice-in-wonderland) made me think about lines in books that have become common usage. Do people remember anymore where those originated? From Alice in Wonderland, I can easily quote “Off with their heads!”, “We’re all mad here”, “Begin at the beginning and go on ‘til you come to the end”, and “sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

What about these, do you recognize them?

“The Road goes ever on and on”

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

“My dear, I don’t give a damn.”

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

“After all, tomorrow is another day.”

“He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.”

“Call me Ishmael”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Okay, give yourself a gold star if you could identify the novel each came from. (No cheating by looking down to see the list.)

What lines from books do you use or hear used in normal conversation?

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“The Road goes ever on and on” – The Lord of the Rings

“My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” – The Princess Bride

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” – Pride and Prejudice

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” – A Tale of Two Cities

“My dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Gone With the Wind

“It was a dark and stormy night.” – Paul Clifford

“After all, tomorrow is another day.” – Gone With the Wind

 “He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.” – Scaramouche

“Call me Ishmael” – Mody Dick

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” – A Tale of Two Cities

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